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This article was published on March 3, 2014

Microsoft reportedly wants to bring Xbox Live to Android and iOS, take on Google Play Games and Apple’s Game Center

Microsoft reportedly wants to bring Xbox Live to Android and iOS, take on Google Play Games and Apple’s Game Center
Emil Protalinski
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Emil Protalinski

Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, incl Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, TechSpot, ZDNet, and CNET. Stay in touch via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Microsoft is reportedly looking to port Xbox Live to Android and iOS, bringing its many functions to the mobile games that run on Google’s and Apple’s mobile operating systems. A recent Microsoft job posting notes ” We will create a modern framework that is open source, light-weight, extensible and scalable across various platforms including Windows Store, Windows Phone, iOS and Android.”

While the job posting in question doesn’t mention Xbox Live, The Verge cites its own sources and says “Microsoft will position Xbox Live as an alternative for players to use to earn achievements, find friends, and possibly cross-platform gaming.” It makes sense that Microsoft wants Xbox Live to run on multiple platforms so it can woo developers to bring their games to its service, whether they run on Windows, Windows Phone, Android, or iOS.

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